VIDEO: Buddy Roemer Presses Tea Party Activists for Support
Candidate says he qualifies for federal matching funds.
Former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer met with Tea Party activists on Dec. 21, at the office of the Coalition for New Hampshire Taxpayers on Main Street in Concord, hoping he can land support from the group as he makes a final primary push.
Roemer talked about a number of issues including job creation and banking, but focused the majority of his comments on campaign finance reform, and how Washington, D.C., and both political parties were corrupted by the influence of large campaign contributions.
Ed Naile, a long-time anti-tax activist and local blogger, peppered Roemer with questions about education funding and whether or not the country should approve of a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution. Roemer said he would support the provision with a two-thirds super-majority repeal provision. He also talked about his work lifting Louisiana’s education system out of the basement as compared to other states like Arkansas, where Bill Clinton was then-governor, and Mississippi. He implemented a plan where teachers were tested on the subject matter they were teaching. If they failed the tests, they were released from their teaching positions Roemer said money was also increased into the system, to pay the qualified teachers more money.
Roemer also announced that he has qualified for federal matching funds, the only candidate to do so, so far in the process. He said his contributions, all $100 or less, came from college students, working families, and retirees.
Democratic presidential candidate Bob Greene of California crashed the event, requesting time to talk to Roemer about energy policy. He also asked Roemer to share some thought about the banking and housing industries.
Both Roemer and Greene agreed that the country didn’t have a proper energy policy and that a new policy would not only create a sustainable policy but create millions of jobs.